Inspirational Interviews with Today's Authentic Leaders

Gain insights from best-selling authors and successful leaders 
using their influence as a force for good.

Featured Guests

Whether you're a raving fan or have never even heard of the hit Apple+ series, there are rich leadership lessons in every episode. In this Podcast series: Leadership Lessons with Ted Lasso, Christy invites a new Guest each time to select a favorite scene with a meaningful example of leadership, and a rich conversation ensues. Enjoy!

Dolly Chugh
Author of The Person You Mean to Be:
How Good People Fight Bias 

Dolly Chugh is the Author of the acclaimed The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias. In this interview, Dolly shares compelling data about unconscious bias and practical steps to go from a "Believer" in racial equality to a "Builder" in our teams, our families and our world.

Dolly is an award-winning, social scientist at NYU where she studies the psychology of good people and teaches MBA courses in leadership, management, and negotiations.

Dolly delivered one of the 25 Most Popular TED Talks of 2018 and has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics (along with Pope Francis, Angelina Jolie, and Bill Gates) by Ethisphere Magazine.

Michael bungay Stanier
Author of best selling coaching book of the century

Michael is the author of the best-selling coaching book, The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever . Written for time-crunched managers, parents or friends who want to be a little more coach-like, it’s about discovering a ”different way of being with people.”

His new book is The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious, and Change the Way You Lead Forever. In our interview we chat about how to tame your Advice Monster and what it takes to stay curious just a little bit longer in all of our interactions.

Maurice Brewster
Leading in Uncertainty  |  CEO of Mosaic 

Maurice is the CEO and Founder of Mosaic Global Transportation. Leading in adversity is a topic Maurice knows all about.

As a premier provider to corporate clients in 400 cities, including Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants, Mosaic watched business go from 2000 trips a day to zero in an instant when Covid-19’s Shelter in Place ended all employee shuttles and event transportation overnight. Mosaic was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article on how businesses are being impacted by the Corona virus. Listen in for an authentic conversation on the topic of leading through uncertainty.

Marshall goldsmith
World's #1 Executive Coach by INC & Fast  Company

Achieving change is hard — especially change that lasts!  You’ll find mindful wisdom and practical how-to’s with Marshall Goldsmith, Author of  NYTimes best-sellers Triggers: Creating Behavior Change That Lasts—Becoming the Person You Want to Be and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

Marshall is the renowned Author of 41 books, awarded America's #1 Executive Coach by INC and Fast Company, and World's Most Influential Leadership Thinker by Thinkers 50. In our chat, we discuss how to achieve lasting habit change for becoming the person we aim to be.

Special episode
Great Authors Recommend Other Great Authors

"There's no greater recommendation than when an author tells you
to read someone else's book." Guy Kawasaki

When Guy Kawasaki, author of 15 books, said this in our Podcast chat, the idea bubbled up for an episode with great authors sharing what they have found to be great reads. From these compelling interviews with best-selling authors Liz Wiseman, Chip Conley, Dolly Chugh and Guy himself, you'll fill your reading list with stellar books -- from must-read classics to fresh new releases. What leadership books do you think they suggested? And what are your leadership favorites?

Ebony Beckwith
Salesforce Chief Philanthropy Officer

Ebony Beckwith shared her favorite quote by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in our interview: “The business of business is to improve the state of the world." No doubt Ebony shares that passionate belief as Chief Philanthropy Officer for Salesforce where she leads a 40 person team responsible for engaging more than 36,000 employees in community service, as well as administering millions of dollars in grants to improve communities around the world.

Ebony has been recognized as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. Ebony and her team have achieved meaningful results with their work locally and internationally in education and workforce development. In this episode, we discuss authentic leadership, ingredients of a high engagement culture, and the power of corporations investing in their communities.

guy Kawasaki
Apple's Original Chief Evangelist & Author of 15 Books

 Guy Kawasaki is a Silicon Valley icon who first became known as Apple’s Chief Evangelist, launching the MacIntosh with epic success in Apple’s early days. From there he published many game-changing books: Selling the Dream, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, and more. His rich and varied career includes start-ups, venture capital,, Advisor to google, and now, a return to his role of Chief Evangelist with Canva, an innovative company aiming to democratize design the same way the Macintosh democratized computers.

In our chat, we discuss Guy’s 15th book coming out soon, Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life, a Chicken Soup for the Soul, (or as he says, “Miso Soup for the Soul”) kind of book, full of stories: the ups and downs of working with Steve Jobs, becoming Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, reflecting on his family’s immigrant experience, adopting 2 kids from Guatemala, learning to surf at 62, and more. You’ll enjoy this lively interview, filled with wisecracking humor and laughs, as well as heartfelt wisdom about leading, evangelizing, parenting and life.

Steve Farber
Author of Love is Just Damn Good Business 

Long-time friend, former colleague and best-selling author Steve Farber  joins me as a Guest on LeadersGetReal.  His fourth book, Love is Just Damn Good Business, will be released on September 6th.

Steve has been named one of Inc’s global Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts. He’s currently an  columnist as well as a sought-after speaker who was named Huffington Post’s #1 business speaker to listen to for 2017.  

Steve is also author of Greater Than Yourself and The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, which received Fast Company’s Readers’ Choice Award and was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. 

Steve brings a rare blend of refreshing humor and compelling thought leadership. In our chat, Steve shares stories, examples and insights about love as a hard-core business principle.


Best-selling Author of Multipliers

Liz Wiseman is the New York Times best-selling author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, and the bestseller Rookie Smarts.

She writes for Harvard Business Review & Fortune. Liz has appeared on the Thinkers50 list and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. 

In this conversation, Liz's research and personal stories reveal how "multipliers"  bring out the genius in others...and get more than twice the results. Liz will leave you inspired and challenged to take your leadership to the next level.

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Best Selling Author of

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Vanessa Russell

Tech Leader & Nonprofit Founder, Love Never Fails

Scott Kriens

Juniper Chairman & Founder of  1440 Multiversity 

Marcela Davison Aviles

Disney Pixar's Lead Cultural Consultant for Academy Award Winner: Coco

Lisa Lahey

Author of Immunity to Change & member of Harvard Faculty

Jennifer Dulsky

Author of Purposeful and Facebook Exec

Chip Conley

Author of Wisdom @ Work

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